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VIDEOS: The Bad and Good News in Indian Country: A White House Overview

VIDEO: DC Officials, What's the bad news and good news in Indian Country?

On November 5th, the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference took place in Washington, D.C. The conference was created by the Obama Administration to allow tribal leaders the opportunity to meet with top government political and agency leaders to strengthen the government-to-government relationships with Indian Country and to improve the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives, especially Native youth.

In light of the White House bringing together 566 federally recognized tribal leaders to Washington, D.C., ICTMN interviewed top administrative officials from a plethora of agencies covering such issues as tribal sovereignty, education, justice and more.

In this last video series, ICTMN viewers will hear from top D.C. Administration officials about the bad news in Indian Country (what they see in need of improvement) and the good news (what their agencies are doing about it.)

The video segments below are interviews with the Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice Sally Quillian Yates who says the Department of Justice has not done what it should have for Indian Country, the Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez who says unemployment rates are unacceptable, but his department is recognizing tribes as sovereign and the Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet who says the lack of financial institutions is something the SBA is working to solve.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates of the Department of Justice 

Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

In addition, here is one more video, a brief interview with all of the officials listed above as well as Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and also Native Youth Ambassador Anthony Tamez (Cree, Lakota) and President Obama Environmental Advisor Director Dr. John Holdren of the Office of Science and Technology Policy who gives comments on climate change and good news about the progression of STEM Jobs for Native youth.